Lunar New Year Family Festival!

Sat, Feb 11, 2017 @ 11:00am - 4:00pm

Ring in the Year of the Rooster with MOCA! Celebrate Chinese and Chinese American traditions and folk arts with zodiac themed arts & crafts, lively dance performances, festive food sampling, storytelling, and much more- Strut on over!


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Performances, Readings & More!

The Mane Event: A Lion Dance Performance and Workshop
Summon a year of good luck with a dazzling Southern lion dance by Columbia University Lion Dance. Move to the rhythm of the drumbeat and learn just what it takes to be the head and tail of the lion!

New Year Festival Dances**
Celebrating the 15th day of the Lunar New Year, the Lantern Festival, the Red Silk Dancers return with a new and exciting program featuring a snaking dragon, striking kung fu fans, flying silk ribbons and floating purple flowers. Come join in the parade of lanterns and learn to tap bamboo sticks to the folk rhythms of Jiangsu province. 

Learn Animals in Mandarin with Gordon & Li Li
Gordon & Li Li Learn Animals in Mandarin, and so can you! Gordon & Li Li are cousins. Gordon is from Brooklyn and Li Li is from Beijing. Join Gordon, Li Li, and local author Michele Wong McSween for a special Mandarin lesson featuring all your favorite zodiac animals and more. Followed by book signing. Best for ages 6 and under.

New Year Nibbles
Feeling peckish? Feast on sweet and savory dumplings, sesame balls, and other bite-sized holiday treats while you learn how each one brings flavor and fortune to the New Year.


DIY Dumplings*
Learn to make your own lucky dumplings with Auntie Tina Yao. Mix the sticky flour dumpling dough, roll it into round dumpling wrappers, and learn two folds for pinching the wrappers together. At home, use what you’ve learned to make dumplings for the whole family.


The Great Race Gallery Hunt
To celebrate the Year of the Rooster, help us find the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac in all corners of our gallery. Catch them all before the rooster crows!


Legends Storytime - Meets under the Lion Costume
Kick off the Year of the Rooster by learning about the great zodiac race and how the rooster earned its spot in the zodiac. Stick around for a spooky retelling of the Legend of Nian.


Lunar New Year Selfie Station
Strut your stuff with your favorite holiday food or decoration at our signature photo corner.

Drop-In Arts & Crafts, 11am-4pm

Fish for Fortune!
Fish symbolize abundance in the New Year. Using traditional Chinese paper cuts as inspiration, fold and cut a moveable paper koi fish to usher in a year of plenty.

Zodiac Puppets
It’s the Year of the Rooster – which animal are you? Make and embellish a festive hand puppet in honor of your zodiac animal.

Nian Monster Mash-Up
Legend has it that the Nian monster emerges the night before every new year to frighten villagers and devour their food. But what does Nian look like? Some say Nian has the head of a lion and the body of a bull. Others say Nian is a giant sea beast. Assemble a mixed-media collage or mask to show off your version of the Nian monster!

Tickets: $12/person; $8 for all MOCA Dual and Individual Level Members; Free for MOCA Family Level Members and above, children under 2, and Cool Culture Families. 


* Dumplings not to be consumed. 

** Ticketed event. Free with admission. Please pick up tickets at the Visitor Services front desk.

MOCA’s Family Festival Series is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, along with the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, Wells Fargo, and the National Endowment for the Arts.